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Schedule for Current Year


October 26, 2017

When: Thursday, October 26, 2017

Where: Mt. Vernon, IL 

Cost: $25

Please RSVP to Travis Thompson  at 

Hannes Leetaru from Illinois State Geological Survey will be presented following lunch.


RSVP by October 19th.

Come join us for the first meeting of 2017-2018 lecture season. Stacee Dover will again be grilling up bratwurst and traditional German side dishes. It is sure to be a grate time, so mark your calendars.

If anyone has a dietary restriction prohibiting pork, please let us know when you RSVP. We will provide an all beef o vegetarian bratwurst option, upon request.




April 26, 2017 

When: Wednesday, April 26th, Social Hour 5:00, Dinner 6:00, Speaker 6:30

Where: Hogg Heaven, Mt. Carmel, IL – Located in the party room behind the restaurant

Cost: $25

Please RSVP to Stephanie Storckman –

John B. Hickman


“Structural, Depositional, and Hydrocarbon Exploration Histories of the Rough Creek Graben of Western Kentucky and Southern Illinois”


John Hickman received his B.Sc. in geology from the University of Michigan, a M.Sc. from Texas A&M University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky.  He joined the Kentucky Geological Survey at the University of Kentucky in 1999, and has since worked on four regional (multistate) oil and gas assessment projects, both local (site assessment) and regional CO2 sequestration capacity studies, as well as performing structural and reflection seismic interpretations for various other KGS projects.  Along with his state survey work, John is an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at UK, and teaches classes on well-log interpretation and petroleum-geology software.  John is also the current President of the Eastern Section of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.


Drilling and geophysical data demonstrate that the Rough Creek Graben is a fault-bounded extensional feature filled with more than 27,000 feet of Cambrian sediments.  Detailed analysis of well logs, seismic profiles, and surface geologic maps indicates that active rifting of the Precambrian crystalline bedrock began by the Early Cambrian, and resulted in thick, sand-rich deposits of the Reelfoot Arkose in the Rough Creek Graben and the adjacent Mississippi Valley Graben.  Subsidence continued in these grabens during the Middle to Late Cambrian, leading to an alternating succession of shales, siltstones, and carbonates being deposited within the Eau Claire Formation.  Tectonic quiescence followed throughout the end of the Cambrian and into the Early Ordovician, leading to the deposition of the regionally extensive Knox Group carbonates.  Although the tectonic extension that formed these features ended by the Middle Cambrian, fault zone reactivation during the Taconic, Acadian, and Alleghenian Orogenies altered fault-block orientations and produced some areas of basin inversion.

Deep drilling to explore pre-Knox strata in the Rough Creek Graben began in 1974 with the Texas Gas Transmission #1 Herman Shain well.  This dry hole was drilled in west-central Grayson County, Kentucky; about 2.6 miles south of the Rough Creek Fault Zone and penetrated 5,120 feet of Eau Claire Formation shales and limestones before reaching total depth.  Over the 21 years, exploration efforts by Conoco (3 wells), Exxon (2 wells), and Sun Oil (1 well) all proved unsuccessful, despite minor shows and evidence of past hydrocarbon migration.  No wells have been drilled to sub-Knox Group sediments within the graben since 1993.


Evaluating Completion Options to Maximize Value


 Dan Gibson

Add Energy – Consulting Services


Thursday March 23, 2017

5:30 PM – 9:00 PM 

An Extra 45 Minutes Can Provide 
a World of Knowledge

Don’t miss this SPE Distinguished Lecturer! 

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Dan Gibson, Add Energy – Consulting Services


Where:                 Hogg Heaven BBQ, 411 W. 9th St., Mt. Carmel, Illinois

When:                  Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Time:                    5:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Cost:                     $25 per Person

Reservations:      Ryan Mitchell at or Donna Caraway Willette at


The Completion Engineer integrates the requirements of a number of other disciplines (Reservoir, Drilling, Production, etc) to maximize the value of a hydrocarbon resource.  This almost always requires evaluating competing and conflicting factors to determine the ‘best’ option for a particular problem.  This talk will demonstrate a decision making process that allows the stakeholders to compare various options in a fair and roboust way.  Two real onshore or offshore examples will be reviewed depending on SPE chapter interest.

Members will take away a new methodology on how to compare competing factors that influence a completion or well design.


Mr. Dan Gibson is a Senior Completions & Well Integrity Engineer with over 35 years of experience.  He has worked his way through the oil and gas production stream from Facilities and Production Engineering to Completions in assignments across the USA and around the world (Gabon, Congo, Egypt, Scotland, Russia and Australia).  This breadth of experience comes across in the presentation and his ability to deal with different audiences with a wide range of challenges.

He has authored or co-authored a number of papers ranging from polymer flood management to ice mechanics and innovative ICD system.  He is one of the most active members of SPE Connect, where members can readily contact him with questions.


January 15, 2015

Presenter: Lisa Towery, AAPG Distinguished Lecturer

Title: Appropriate Reservoir Modeling: Integration across Subsurface Disciplines

6950 Frontage Road
Poseyville,IN 47633


With advances in digital technology, use of integrated reservoir models has become commonplace for making informed reservoir development and management decisions. Yet even with faster computers, one of the biggest challenges associated with such modeling is to deliver a model appropriate for the business objective in a timeframe such that it can inform the relevant decision.

There are a number of factors which contribute to this challenge. First, some models are better suited for addressing particular business objectives than others. For example, a framework model complemented by benchmarking may be used for early life volumetric estimates for screening, whereas a cellular full-field model may be better for longer-term depletion strategies. Second, the complexity of the reservoir itself will drive the design and techniques used to characterize the reservoir. Given typical time constraints, it is often important to include only the necessary detail. Third, primary data sources typically used to construct a reservoir model include core, wireline logs, outcrop analogues, and seismic data and interpretations, all of which are measured at different scales. Consequently, re-scaling is performed on source data, plus the model itself is often re-scaled for flow simulation. Finally, additional information is frequently acquired during model construction or shortly thereafter. This requires either flexibility of the model to incorporate the data, or a freeze date after which no additional information will be incorporated until after delivery of the model.

Building useful models requires integration across a variety of disciplines, including geoscience, engineering, and petrophysics, throughout the entire life-cycle of the model. From initially framing the problem, through planning, building, and delivering the model, to iterating through updates or additional models, this presentation poses suggestions for delivering appropriate reservoir models as an integrated subsurface team.

Bio: Lisa Towery has been in the oil and gas business for over twenty years. For the majority of her career with BP, her work has focused primarily on geological reservoir modeling. Lisa has been involved with numerous integrated teams delivering reservoir models across a variety of geological settings, including deepwater turbidites, paralics, and carbonates, some of which are unconventional reservoirs. Such projects varied across the value chain, from appraisal in the Gulf of Mexico, through development in the North Sea, to production in Alaska. As a Technical Advisor with BP, Lisa provided guidance on geomodeling efforts across the globe. She also represented BP externally on RESQML, an industry-wide special interest group focused on delivering a reservoir model data-exchange standard. In addition to her reservoir modeling activities, Lisa led the deployment of a subsurface technical development program at BP. Lisa is currently a senior geologist leading two teams of geoscientists in BP’s Reservoir Development Technology, focused on geomodeling, sedimentology/stratigraphy, petroleum systems, petrophysics, and biostratigraphy. She holds an M.Sc. from the University of New Orleans and a B.Sc. from the University of Southern Mississippi, both in geology. She is a member of AAPG, SPE, and SPWLA, and is an AAPG Certified Petroleum Geologist.


February 11, 2015 

Presenter: Juergen Shieber, AAPG Distinguished Lecturer

Location: TBD

Bio: Dr. Juergen Schieber is a specialist on shales. Published extensively (117 papers, 20 guidebook chapters, 2 books, 251 conference abstracts) he is also an invited lecturer at universities in the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia; at research organizations, industry short courses, and symposia. His research interests include: Basin Analysis and Sedimentology, Sedimentology of Shales, the Genesis of Black Shales and Sediment hosted Mineral Deposits, Evolution of the Belt Basin and the Devonian basins of the eastern US, Geochemistry of Sediments, Planetary Geology and sedimentary geology of Mars. He is a member of the science team that currently explores the geology of Gale Crater on Mars with NASA’s Curiosity rover.

His research is characterized by a holistic approach to shales, and consists of an integration of field studies (facies, stratigraphy) and lab studies (thin sections, electron microscopy, and geochemistry) in order to understand the various factors that are involved in the formation of shales. A key focus point is the experimental study of shale sedimentology via flume studies and related experimental work. Funding for this research is provided by government agencies (NSF, DOE, NASA), foundations (Petroleum Research Fund), and industry via the Indiana University Shale Research Consortium (ExxonMobil, Anadarko, Marathon, Shell, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Wintershall, Whiting, Statoil) and separate research agreements (Schlumberger/TerraTek; Pioneer Natural Resources). He consults on matters pertaining to shale sedimentology, shale fabric and pore structure, and also teaches short courses on shale sedimentology and facies analysis, as well as microscope based petrography.

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March, 2015

Presenter: Barry Katz, AAPG Distinguished Lecturer

Location: TBD

Bio: Barry Katz is a Chevron Fellow and team leader for hydrocarbon charge in Chevron’s Energy Technology Company.  He received his B.S. in geology from Brooklyn College in 1974 and his Ph.D. from the University of Miami in 1979 in marine geology and geophysics.

After receiving his doctorate, Barry joined Texaco’s Bellaire Research Center where he held numerous technical and supervisory positions.  He continued with Chevron after the merger in 2001, where he has been part of Chevron’s Energy Technology Company.  His work has focused on petroleum systems, lacustrine basins and the applications of geochemistry to petroleum exploration and development.  He has been engaged in both research and technical support activities and has worked in approximately 50 basins on six continents.

Barry has authored more than 75 peer-reviewed papers and has edited five books.  He serves on the editorial boards of four journals, including the AAPG Bulletin as Senior Associate Editor and as Editor-in-Chief of The Open Geology Journal.  He has been chairman of IODP’s Environmental Protection and Safety Panel for the past decade and serves on the AAPG Research Committee.  His honors include being named a Chevron Fellow, Honorary AAPG Member, recipient of AAPG’s Robert H. Dott, Sr. Memorial Award, AAPG’s Distinguished Service Award, and Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorations’ Best Presentation Award.  He served as Elected Editor for the Houston Geological Society and as President of HGS.

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April, 2015

Presenter: Brandon Nutall

Location: TBD